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Lester's Pre-match Thoughts

2 February 2018

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Spireites manager Jack Lester spoke to the media ahead of Saturday's game at home to Crawley Town. Here's what he had to say...

On the current squad of players: "When I came to the club, with the staff we were very keen on improving the character of the team and we're working hard to do that. We're building a young squad as well and within that some good experience of people who have performed with good character for long periods of time." 

On Louis Dodds: "First and foremost, his character is top drawer. As a lad he's excellent, he's bubbly and he's positive. He's a very good player who creates a lot of chances and he scores goals as well." 

On Jacob Brown: "He's a striker who has just signed a long contract at Barnsley and they've got high hopes for him. We weren't sure if he was going to be let out. They secured him a contract and felt like it was good for him to get some experience and we snapped him up straight away. He's got energy and he's got pace - he's exciting." 

On Dylan Mottley-Henry: "When we came in, Tommy Wright spoke about him having big potential. He was on loan at Tranmere and I went to see him when they played Peterborough in the FA Cup. I rang Tommy after ten minutes of that game and said 'we need to get this lad'. He's going to have a bright future and we beat a lot of competition to get him." 

On Tommy Wright and the relationship with Barnsley: "Dylan will have had a few choices and it's good to know a bit about the players when they come in. Barnsley will think that they are going to be well looked after so it works for both clubs. That's been a good link for us." 

On George Smith: "He was someone we targeted a long time ago and we were thinking of maybe getting a loan and then he became available on a permanent. He does have a bit of an ankle injury but he'll only be a few weeks away." 

On Giles Coke: "He's coming here to play - he's not coming here to be a mentor. He's ambitious and he's hungry. When I spoke to him on the phone I got a real intention and appetite which is why we wanted to move. He's had a wonderful career and he'll be absolutely fine at this level." 

On player departures: "Wigan were kind enough to end Jordan Flores' loan. He had a tough time and they wanted him back for their run-in. We had a number of loans here so I think that suited both parties. Connor Dimaio and Diego De Girolamo both wanted more football time and I understand that. They were great to work with. Connor is a big Chesterfield fan and it's not an easy thing - football is a tough game. We wish them all the best - they're good lads." 

On Kristian Dennis: "We wouldn't let him go without getting a replacement - and there was no replacement. We expect there to be interest for our players but I don't want to be in a position where we're developing players and standing in their way. At the same time I have to look after Chesterfield Football Club. Maybe that ended up being the best business of the day because he's our top scorer. He was straight in my office but he said his head is on it and I thought 'how fantastic is that?'. He didn't have to do that." 

On Stevenage last weekend: "It wasn't good, we know that - but six points out of nine is OK. We're on a half decent run but we were very disappointed with the performance. We move forward and we're trying to build something." 

On injuries: "Bradley Barry trained fine; he's been sprinting all over the place and we're pleased to get him back. We're trying to get a game for Gozie Ugwu on Tuesday and he looks looser. On the training ground he's looking sharp. He's pain-free and he feels great. He'll be like a new signing as well." 

On Crawley this weekend: "It'll be a good game. They play good football and they're a bit more of a passing team than most. It's one we're very capable of winning."  

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